WRAP®Works For Individuals
THE RESEARCH: THE UNDENIABLE NEED
Data from Stats Canada: Perceived Life Stress, 2013
• Stress carries several negative health consequences, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, as well as immune and circulatory complications.
• Exposure to stress can also contribute to unhealthy behavior choices such as smoking, over-consumption of alcohol, and less-healthy eating habits.
• In 2013, 23.0% (6.6 million) of Canadians aged 15 and older reported that most days were "quite a bit" or "extremely stressful." This was unchanged from 2012.
• An impact of high levels of daily stress was a lower rate of life satisfaction.
• Daily stress rates were highest in the core working ages (35 to 54). People in these age groups are most likely to be managing multiple responsibilities with their career and family.
• Reported stress decreased at older ages, with seniors the least likely to find their days stressful
LET’S CHANGE THE LENS BASED ON THE EVIDENCE
It’s time to stop blurring the lines between mental illness and MENTAL HEALTH. The World Health Organization states that:
• Mental Illness is a disorder that impacts mood, thoughts, behavior and personality and impairs function. Fact: 1 out of 5 people in Canada will have a mental illness in their lifetime.
• MENTAL HEALTH is a state of mind in which an individual is able to realize his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community
• MENTAL HEALTH is a state of well-being with two key elements: Feeling good and functioning well.
Resilience is the ability to cope with life’s challenges and to adapt to adversity and protect against the development of some mental health problems.
A February 2014 Gap Analysis report of Alberta’s Public Mental Health and Addictions programs presented the following facts and findings:
• 20% of Alberta adults experienced an addiction or mental health problem in 2012. This is equivalent to 614,861 Albertans.
• Very little is available in the way of addiction and mental health promotion and disease prevention i.e. 0.1% of total Alberta Health Services direct service costs
• The main reason for Albertans not accessing addiction and mental health care is that they prefer to self-manage their condition.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information states that positive mental health is linked to:
- Emotional well-being
- Increased social connectedness
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Life engagement
- Having spiritual values
- Using healthy coping strategies i.e. problem-solving
(Ottawa, CIHI, 2009)
THE FUTURE: YOU LEARN POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGIES AND DEVELOP EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
You will be proactive and preventative because you will have prioritized your emotional WELL-BEING and RESILIENCE.
You will focus on what’s strong not what’s wrong!
You will focus on strengths and wellness not problems and deficits.
You will have personally taken responsibility to learn a wellness program and apply the skills and strategies to your life to keep you feeling good and functioning well while mastering the life challenges that come your way
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